Ray Whitney, 40, agrees to two-year contract with Dallas Stars

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

STARSThe Dallas Stars jumped into the free agency pool on Sunday and agreed to terms with veteran forward Ray Whitney to a two-year contract, the team announced.

It's worth a reported $4.5 million per season.

Whitney, who just turned 40 back in May, is coming off one of the best seasons of his career with the Phoenix Coyotes scoring 24 goals to go with 53 assists. Even as he's aged he hasn't really slowed down and hasn't produced fewer than 58 points in each of the past six seasons.

He'll be joining a Stars team that finished this past season 21st in the NHL in goals, and also just traded one of its top offensive players, Mike Ribeiro, to the Washington Capitals. It's an expensive contract for a player that just turned 40, but Whitney still seems to be in great shape and has still shown he can produce as a top-line player.

During an interview on TSN Whitney said that one of the reasons he went to Dallas was their willingness to give him a second year on the contract.

One area that he could really help the Stars this upcoming season, in theory anyway, is improving a power play unit that finished the regular season as the worst one in the NHL, converting on only 13.5 percent of its chances. Twenty of Whitney's 77 points in Phoenix this past season came on the man advantage.

He's averaged over 20 power play points per season over the past five years.

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